Alexander Valley Vineyards, Chardonnay
Smooth and easy to drink, with modest peach, apple and melon notes that are clean and lingering.
About the Product:
Our estate is bordered by the Russian River and since 1975 our Estate Chardonnay has highlighted the gravelly river banks where it is grown. The vines are planted on some of the coolest sites on our estate where morning fog is the norm, and the temperature might drop between 40 to 50 degrees from day to night. We harvest 70% of our Chardonnay at night when the grapes are cool to retain the natural acidity, then cold ferment those lots in stainless steel, without malolactic fermentation or barrel aging, to highlight the citrus and green apple flavors. To add balance to the wine, we whole-cluster press 30% of the best fruit and barrel ferment that portion in French oak barrels.
About the Producer:
After purchasing the historic Cyrus Alexander homestead, Harry and Maggie Wetzel strived to create a thriving agricultural lifestyle on the property. They raised their children along with their vines in Alexander Valley, providing inspiration and encouragement as they developed the estate together. Decades later, the fourth generation of their family is growing up amongst vineyards and next door to the working winery that is known around the world as “AVV”. You could call it a family tradition. We’d be inclined to agree.